Is it possible to find the perfect Sequim home with a water view ready to move into? This almost sounds too good to be true, but it isn’t, and this is another true story with a few bumps along the way and with a happy ending.
It is possible to find a gorgeous water view home in Sequim, but with the inventory so low, it won’t be easy. Here are 6 steps to finding your ideal home. I’ll include a 30 second video below on this gorgeous home I just sold, and as you can see it has a sweet view of Mount Baker. In the foreground is Sequim Bay, then a glimpse of Protection Island to the lower right of Mount Baker, and of course, we are looking across the Strait of Juan de Fuca.
What is The First Step to Finding the Perfect Home?
The very first step is finding a top notch Exclusive Buyer’s Agent. While this first step is obviously self-serving for me, it is absolutely the most important step of all the steps to finding your Sequim home, and since this article is free and I don’t require any registration or collect any PII (personally identifiable information), and since I do zero spam or email marketing to clients, you don’t have to hire me for this first step to be true. I promise you, after 40 years in real estate, including 20 as a real estate attorney, I cannot possibly count how many times buyers (and sellers) later regretted hiring the Realtor they did hire. I won’t, but I could tell you nightmare story after nightmare story, and I still get phone calls regularly from buyers who hired the wrong Realtor and now find themselves in a very untenable position. Hire me or don’t hire me if you think this is self-serving, but whatever you do, don’t hire an incompetent or unprofessional or unethical broker. Clearly, you will have to do some involved research online to figure this out.
What is The Second Step to Finding the Perfect Home?
The second step is finding a reliable and thorough and free online real estate blog that you can use to research Sequim, and find answers about living in Sequim, unique Sequim issues, and on finding your ideal Sequim home.
Alas, there is such an online site that requires no registration and which you can use anonymously. The largest Sequim real estate blog with over 2,200 articles written for buyers is yours free to use at SequimBlog.com. You can browse articles by going back in time, or you can use the category drop down menu to find all articles on a particular subject, or you can search by word or by phrase to find the answers to your questions. All the articles are written by Chuck Marunde, local real estate broker and with 20 years of experience as a real estate attorney (retired), and these articles essentially answer all the questions buyers have been asking about Sequim for the past two decades.
What is The Third Step to Finding the Perfect Home?
The third step to finding your Sequim home, which you can implement simultaneously with the second step, is to find a good Sequim MLS site, or multiple MLS sites to view all the homes listed and pending on the market. Having worked with all the local and syndicated national MLS sites that post Sequim listings, here are my three recommendations:
SequimRealEstateBuyersAgent.com is a powerful Homesnap Sequim MLS site with megabytes of information on every listing and pending and sold property. You can also get the same data through the Homesnap.com site and you can download the Homesnap app for your smartphone, and then if you like you can connect directly with Chuck Marunde so you can ask questions and communicate through the app itself on specific listings.
Sequim-Homes.com was designed and programmed by Chuck Marunde for Buyers. Browse it and you’ll see why.
Zillow.com is very similar to the Homesnap site above as you will see with maps and detailed property information.
What is The Fourth Step to Finding the Perfect Home?
The fourth step, which is optional, but buyers seem to love this resource, is to tap into the hundreds of buyer videos created by Chuck Marunde on his Living in Sequim Youtube channel. These are videos about Sequim, real estate, and Chuck answers many questions buyers find useful.
What is The Fifth Step to Finding the Perfect Home?
The fifth step to finding your Sequim home is to tap into the knowledge of the local area and local real estate market, and you can do that by texting, emailing, or calling your Sequim Buyer’s Agent about specific properties or other questions you have about the process. A knowledgeable agent is worth his weight in gold. Well, maybe not worth that much, but he can be an invaluable resource who can help you navigate uncharted waters and save you from all kinds of “traps for the unwary.” Should you choose to connect with Chuck Marunde, you can do so by texting or calling him on his only phone number, 360-775-5424, or you can email him at ChuckMarunde@gmail.com.
What is The Sixth Step to Finding the Perfect Home?
The sixth step is not necessarily sequential either, and you will logically do all of these almost simultaneously or in whatever order you like, but this step is simply calling your buyer’s agent and chatting with him on the phone–essentially an informal interview. You’ll know almost right away if your buyer’s agent is the right fit for you, and if you’re not sure, then he probably is not the right fit. Do your online research first, but the telephone conversation is absolutely essential. What your agent says and how he says it, and how he responds to you and your questions will tell you a lot. But if you don’t have a high degree of confidence that this agent is the absolutely right agent for you, then he is probably not. Listen to your discernment. It took you a lifetime to develop it. Right?
Now you’re ready to start researching Sequim and looking at homes. With the right buyer’s agent and the best online tools this can be fun, and your agent can help you avoid missteps and traps for the unwary buyer.
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